Eight new bungalows for adults with learning disabilities open in Northampton to encourage independent living

The properties have round-the-clock support and are designed to support socialising with neighbours

By Carly Odell
Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 7:10 am
Oak Tree Rise has now been officially opened.
Oak Tree Rise has now been officially opened.

A number of new properties have opened in Northampton specifically designed to help adults with learning disabilities and complex needs to hold their own tenancies.

The complex, named Oak Tree Rise, in Billing, comprises eight semi-detached bungalows with a management suite to enable the provision of 24/7 support for tenants.

Northampton Partnership Homes (NPH), on behalf of West Northamptonshire Council (WNC), specifically designed the scheme to create a space where residents can get to know their neighbours or socialise with friends and family, enjoy fresh air and feel comfortable in a home that works for them and their individual needs.

Michael Ellis MP opened the complex last week.

Helen Town, assistant director for asset management and development at NPH said: “My team has overcome significant challenges to keep building throughout the pandemic and I couldn’t be prouder to celebrate completion of this wonderful scheme.

“Everyone at NPH would like to wish Oak Tree Rise tenants all the best in their new homes.

“This development is a result of true partnership working and I would like to extend a huge thank you to West Northamptonshire Council, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS England and Homes England for their help and support in delivering the scheme.”

Oak Tree Rise is the first development of its kind in Northampton and meets a previously unmet need for homes that support independent living for young adults with learning disabilities relating to Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The properties encourage independent living.

NPH marked the occasion of opening the accommodation with a small outdoor event before tenants moved in, attended by Michael Ellis MP, who officially opened Oak Tree Rise, with representatives from WNC, NPH, NHS CCG also in attendance.

Stuart Lackenby, WNC’s director of Adult Social Services added: “This is a fantastic scheme that will have a really positive impact on the lives of people who live there.

“NPH has done a great job pushing through this much needed development.”

Dr Joanne Watt, GP Chair of NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group, continued: “The CCG are delighted to have supported this new local partnership development.

“The bespoke bungalows which have been developed as part of Northamptonshire’s Transforming Care Programme will make a real difference to people with learning disabilities and their families.”

The scheme is part of NPH’s development programme to increase the supply of council homes in Northampton.

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